crime

Let's face it. Most of us prick up our ears if we hear that someone appearing in court has been given name suppression. It’s human nature to be curious, and no one likes the feeling of not knowing what’s going on. The...

Hidden harm

It's a form of violence so extreme, a new offence had to be created to stamp it out – but despite weekly reports of strangulations, only a few Queenstowners have been held to account. Central Lakes Family Services (formerly Jigsaw)...
Police have cordoned off a central Queenstown lane following an assault in the early hours of this morning. A police spokeswoman said police received a report of an assault in Cow Lane about 3.30am. A St John spokesman confirmed one person...

Tool theft spree

Burglars appear to be targeting tradie tools in Queenstown again, with police investigating a spree of burglaries and break-ins. Sergeant Steve Watt said three cars were broken into in the Haddow's Place/Bridesdale Drive area of Lake Hayes Estate overnight on...
A notorious Arrowtown murderer will make another bid for freedom next month. Jarrod Mangels was just 15 years old when he brutally strangled his neighbour Maureen McKinnel in Arrowtown on Boxing Day in 1987. The 38-year-old's naked body was found five...

Violent weekend in resort

Seven people were assaulted, six in unprovoked attacks, during a weekend of violence in Queenstown. Victims included a woman on crutches, a 60-year-old man who was pushed into Lake Wakatipu, and a man who was hospitalised after being knocked unconscious...
A Queenstowner who thought he'd move his campervan to avoid getting a $200 freedom camping fine copped an $800 fine for drink-driving instead. Members of the public called police at 12.52am on December 22 when they spotted Andres Alberto Contreras...

Fast food fight

An 18-year-old Brazilian woman has been charged with assault after allegedly punching another woman in the head at McDonald's in Queenstown. Senior Sergeant Paula Enoka, of Queenstown, said officers arrived at the restaurant on Camp St about 3.45am today and...

Honouring Grace

About a hundred mourners have gathered on the shores of Lake Wakatipu to pay tribute to slain English tourist Grace Millane. People brought flowers, candles, and pictures of Miss Millane to the vigil, organised by Queenstown woman Amanda Morris. Local Ngai...
A Czech drug-smuggler at the centre of a political storm married in Queenstown two years ago. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway is under fire for cancelling Karel Sroubek's deportation order and reconfirming his New Zealand residency. Months before he was jailed in...
A Queenstown man's in a serious condition after a stabbing in Lake Hayes Estate on Sunday night. Police have confirmed three people could have been involved. Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis, of Queenstown, said the 27-year-old victim was undergoing surgery today...

Rough justice

Only a quarter of family violence charges heard in the Queenstown District Court led to convictions last year, a figure the head of Women's Refuge believes may be one of the lowest in the country. Ministry of Justice stats show...
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